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6 Facts About the Federal Ministry of Defence

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The Federal Ministry of Defence, abbreviated BMVg, is a top-level federal agency, headed by the Federal Minister of Defence as a member of the Cabinet of Germany.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe.

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The ministry is headquartered at the Hardthöhe district in Bonn and has a second office in the Bendlerblock building in Berlin.

The Federal City of Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of 311,287.

The Bendlerblock is a building complex in the Tiergarten district of Berlin, Germany, located on Stauffenbergstraße.

Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany as well as one of its 16 states.

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According to Article 65a of the German Constitution, the Federal Minister of Defence is Commander-in-chief of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, with around 253,430 active personnel.

A commander-in-chief is the person or body that exercises supreme operational command and control of a nation's military forces or significant elements of those forces.

The Bundeswehr is the unified armed forces of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities.

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Article 115b decrees that in the state of defence, declared by the Bundestag with consent of the Bundesrat, the command in chief passes to the Chancellor.

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The ministry currently has approximately 3,730 employees.

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Of these, 3,230 work in Bonn while around 500 work in the Bendlerblock building in Berlin.

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